Football Fells Fordham, 40-23
Oct 6, 2001
Senior runningback Michael Malan ran for a school-record 267 yards and equaled a school mark with five touchdowns to lead Brown to its first win of the season, a 40-23 non-league victory over Fordham.
Malan was a workhorse for the Bears' offense, rushing 32 times for the 267 yards. He broke the previous Brown rushing mark of 237 yards held by Marquis Jessie `97 vs. Columbia in 1993. Malan also rushed for five touchdowns on touchdown runs of 7, 2, 31, 1 and 84 yards, tying a 96-year old Brown record of 30 points held by Guss Russ against Vermont in 1905.
The 84-yard touchdown scamper by Malan is the fifth longest running play in Brown football history. It came on a third down play with 38 seconds remaining and Brown holding a 34-23 advantage.
Malan, who set a single-season Brown record by rushing for 1,213 yards in 2000, also caught three passes for 9 yards, and completed a pass for 2 yards.
Junior wide receiver Chas Gessner, the nation's leader in receptions and receiving yards, was "held" to five catches for 94 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception. With Brown clinging to a 28-23 lead late in the fourth quarter, his 44-yard reception on a third down play brought Brown down to the Fordham one yard line. Malan scored on a one-yard plunge on the next play to ice the game for the Bears with 1:47 left to play, giving Brown a 34-23 lead.
Brown's defense came up with its first turnovers of the season, picking off three passes. Sophomore Jermaine Griffin picked off two passes for the Bears, returning one 21 yards. Senior Melvin Justice also made an interception. Junior linebacker Joel Barone led the Bears with 14 tackles, while junior linebacker Hunter Young registered 13 total tackles.
Junior Jeremiah Watts was in the Fordham backfield all day and registered three quarterback sacks for a loss of 20 yards. He also made 12 tackles overall. Junior Bobby Parisien also made 12 tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
The Bears, 1-2 overall, return to Ivy League action next week, October 13th, for a Homecoming matchup against Princeton. Game time is 12:05 p.m. at Brown Stadium.